Sant Vicens, Perpignan

 

 

Come and meet resident potters Jo Ann Bosc, Antoine Noetinger and Claire Bauby Gasparian, every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

 

Ceramics, paintings and tapestries fill an exhuberant Aladdin’s cave of artistic treasures in the old vaulted wine cave of Mas St Vicens in the St Gaudrique quarter of Perpignan.

Initially, Sant Vicens was a 18th century farmhouse, surrounded by vines, in an area which was later to become Saint Gaudérique. During the occupation, in 1942, several ceramists left the potteries of Sèvres to search for a place in the unoccupied zone to carry on their works. On two brother’s initiative, Firmin and Denys Bauby, the pottery of Sant Vicens was created and the first oven was inaugurated in the presence of Aristide Maillol.

Sant VincensMany local artists, joined in, and the farmhouse cellar, which consists of two rows of large oak casks, was transformed into a gallery for ceramics. In 1950, Jean Lurçat (1892 – 1966), French artist noted as a renovator of contemporary tapestry, came to Sant Vicens. Attracted by the quality of the pottery, he was followed over the years by Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Charles Trénet, Yehudi Menhuin,……

Today, Sant Vicens is unique in France for its pottery, with collections from 25 ceramic artists on exhibition in the old wine cellar.

Come and meet resident potters Jo Ann Bosc, Antoine Noetinger and Claire Bauby Gasparian, every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Sant Vincens

GETTING THERE
From  Perpignan:
Direction Cabestany, then Saint Gaudérique and Sant Vicens.
From Canet:
Direction Perpignan, exit Perpignan quartiers sud, D 617, then Saint Gaudérique and Sant Vicens. If you miss the exit, stay on the voie rapide, and follow Cabestany, Saint Gaudérique and Sant Vicens.
From Collioure / Argelès:
Direction Perpignan, then Saint Gaudérique and Sant Vicens.More info www.santvicens.fr

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